Rejuvenating your skin with natural products is a cost-effective way to take care of your body from home. Oils such as coconut and sesame provide your skin with vitamins and keep it hydrated. This can lessen the appearance of wrinkles, reduce acne and improve your overall complexion. Before you select which oil you would like to use to rejuvenate your skin, you need a basic understanding of what each one does. You can purchase both coconut oil and sesame oil from most natural foods grocers, vitamin shops and natural beauty supply stores.
Coconut oil, taken from the meat of mature coconuts, is sold for cooking and skin care uses. It is typically available in a tub or in block form and is semisolid when at room temperature. When you apply coconut oil to your skin, your body heat melts the semisolid into a liquid that rubs in easily. It relieves dry, itchy patches, reduces the severity of wrinkles and helps promote soft, hydrated skin. In addition, it provides a barrier between your skin’s surface and harsh winds and other natural elements.
Sesame oil, derived from sesame seeds, is a vegetable oil readily available for culinary or beauty purposes. It is rich in minerals and vitamin E and has antibacterial properties that can fight the development of blemishes. In addition, sesame oil provides high amounts of moisture to your skin and helps prevent moisture loss. Like coconut oil, sesame oil will protect your skin from harsh natural elements such as wind.
Sesame oil is better to rejuvenate the skin in most cases, as it contains a higher amount of helpful vitamins and minerals for your skin. Sesame oil takes longer for your skin to absorb and provides lasting protection against moisture loss. Its antibacterial properties make it more desirable for those with skin prone to acne, as it helps kill bacteria before blemishes form. However, if you do not have acne-prone skin, coconut oil can provide desirable moisturization and rejuvenating effects as well. Your dermatologist can recommend which oil is best for your skin type if you are unsure.
Neither coconut oil nor sesame oil will work as a replacement for sunscreen or protection from ultraviolet rays. Consult your dermatologist or health care provider to ensure you do not have any existing allergies to either oil before you begin use.
Serena Styles is a Colorado-based writer who specializes in health, fitness and food. Speaking three languages and working on a fourth, Styles is pursuing a Bachelor's in Linguistics and preparing to travel the world. When Styles isn't writing, she can be found hiking, cooking or working as a certified nutritionist.